Due to overwhelming interest from fans, Double Fine will be incorporating same-sex relationships in their upcoming multi-generational tactical strategy game Massive Chalice.
Talking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, lead designer Brad Muir said the development team weren’t opposed to same-sex relationships—the idea simply never crossed their minds, something Muir chalks up to “hetero privilege.”
“We did not talk about [the possibility of gay marriage] until we launched the Kickstarter,” Muir told Rock, Paper, Shotgun. “We were so focused on pure pragmatic mechanics and how it would work and coupling and all these things that we hadn’t [considered it]. That was something I got kinda blindsided by. That was really unfortunate. It kinda makes me feel shitty that it’s not something I’d thought of. I think it’s sort of hetero privilege that I didn’t see it coming.”
Double Fine’s Massive Chalice is a tactical strategy game that spans hundreds and hundreds of years, shifting from one generation of warriors to the next. The title is inspired by games like Final Fantasy Tactics, XCOM, and Fire Emblem. Part of the game involves the player deciding whether to send aging warriors out to the battle lines or retire them so they can procreate and breed the next generation of warriors.
“If we had gone with a publisher on this, I really think [it wouldn’t have ended well]. Because you sign the deal, you go underground, you start working on the game, you don’t talk to the community or anybody, and you get so focused on all these other aspects of the game,” Muir added. “Just making it work—and all the tactical combat and mechanical things. We might just overlook something like same-sex coupling all the way until we announce the game.”
Muir is not yet sure how the generational system will work regarding same-sex couples. The designer has suggested he might just leave it up to player’s imaginations, since the specifics are less important than the system itself.
Massive Chalice reached its Kickstarter goal of $725,000 within a week. As of this post, Massive Chalice has raked in $856,050 from 22,812 backers. Double Fine hopes the release the title on PC, Mac, and Linux September 2014.